Critical Thinking and Type Your Response Essay

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Persuasive Opinion Writing
The Lesson Activities will help you meet these educational goals:
21st Century Skills—You will use critical-thinking skills and effectively communicate your ideas.

Please save this document before you begin working on the assignment. Type your answers directly in the document. _________________________________________________________________________

Self-Checked Activities

Write a response for each of these activities. At the end of the lesson, click the link on the final screen to open the Student Answer Sheet. Use the sample answers to evaluate your own work.

1. Analyzing Editorials
a. Select a newspaper from this list of prominent newspapers, and read a variety of recent
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2. Debate a Topic
Work with a group to brainstorm a list of current debate topics. Decide which side of the issue you will research (pro or con), and have another student take the opposite stance. Agree on a time to hold a mock debate in which each of you will state your position on the topic and present your supporting research. Be sure to submit your position in written form, and cite any sources, electronic or print, that you have used. Include use of persuasive strategies, such as loaded words and repetition, while avoiding fallacy and illogical thinking in your argument. You may want to add visuals (photographs or data tables) to your presentation to make your argument even more convincing. At the conclusion of the debate, poll the audience to determine their opinions as to which side presented the more convincing argument.

Type your response here:

Your teacher will use these rubrics to evaluate the completeness of your work as well as the clarity of thinking you exhibit.

Activity 2: Write a Letter

(4 points)
The topic of the editorial and the author’s position are both clearly stated in the letter.
The student’s position on the topic is supported with three or more statements of fact or supporting data providing compelling evidence.
The assignment is written in the form of a letter with an appropriate greeting and closing and a developed body.
The tone and

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